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Liam Cochrane

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Connect Asia brings you news, business reports and analysis on the stories that matter in Asia.

Join Liam Cochrane and the team each morning across Asia on Radio Australia through FM, online stream and shortwave.


US president frustrated with Afghan counterpart

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:28 AEST

In a sign of just how bad the relationship has become between the Washington and Kabul, US President Barack Obama is now seriously considering pulling all American troops from Afghanistan next year, ditching plans to leave a training force behind.

Fugitive rebel leader vows to continue Papua independence fight

Updated 10 July 2013, 16:38 AEST

A commander of the West Papuan militant group says he will return to the jungle to fight against Indonesian rule, even after his leg was amputated as a result of a gunshot wound.

Indigenous Australians celebrate 50 years since first land rights bid

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:29 AEST

Traditional owners in Australia's Northern Territory are commemorating 50 years since the first bid for recognition of land rights.

Call for better social welfare in Cambodia

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:29 AEST

Few people in Cambodia have been untouched by the legacy of the Khmer Rouge, and the brutal regime that led to the deaths of millions.

China air pollution blamed for shorter life expectancy: study

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:30 AEST

A new study says heavy air pollution in northern China is cutting more than five years off people's average life expectancy.

China's leaders unfazed by economic slowdown: Garnaut

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:31 AEST

China's economy has helped power much of the world's growth over the past decade and it's been crucial to Asia and the Pacific.

Campaign to encourage Australian youth voters

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:32 AEST

Australians will go to the polls later this year although the exact date is yet to be revealed by new prime minister Kevin Rudd.

Australian Muslims begin Ramadan fasting

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:32 AEST

For Muslims in Australia, today marks the first day of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting.

Australian prepares to take on England in first Ashes test

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:33 AEST

The cricketers of England and Australia will take to the field in Nottingham for the first match of the Ashes series on Wednesday.

Dreyfus says Japan's whaling program lacks legal basis

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:33 AEST

Australia's Attorney-General has been wrapping up his country's legal challenge to Japanese whaling at the International Court of Justice.

One of Australia's biggest coal miners could be privatised by China

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:36 AEST

Just a year after its debut on the sharemarket, one of Australia's biggest coal miners could soon be privatised by its Chinese parent company.

Image: Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan Image 2011-05-06

Leaked report slams Pakistan for failures on bin Laden

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:20 AEST

The Pakistani government and military have been accused of "incompetence and negligence" in allowing Osama Bin Laden to live in the country undetected for almost a decade.

First steps toward reopening Kaesong Industrial Park

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:21 AEST

North and South Korea have made a start towards re-opening the Kaesong Industrial complex after operations were suspended in April.

Koreas agree to reopen joint industrial zone 'when ready'

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:22 AEST

North and South Korea have agreed to reopen a joint industrial zone seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation.

Vietnam declared free of weapon-grade uranium

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:38 AEST

An international effort to remove supplies of highly enriched uranium from Southeast Asia is almost complete.

Australia-Indonesia talks a 'positive step' forward: cattle farmers

Updated 10 July 2013, 15:37 AEST

The Australian meat export industry still has no details about moves to boost trade with Indonesia, following Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's visit to Jakarta.

Indian cows smuggled to Bangladesh

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:24 AEST

Millions of cows from India are being illegally herded across the border to slaughterhouses in Muslim-dominated Bangladesh every year.

Asylum children held at Tasmanian detention centre

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:25 AEST

Refugee advocates want the Australian Government to move an 11-year-old asylum seeker out of detention in the island state of Tasmania and into the local community.

Claims Muslims 'unfairly targeted' in India's counter terrorism fight

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:27 AEST

The state authorities in India are allegedly adopting a policy of religious-profiling that targets the country's Muslim minority.

Attorney-general defends Australia's anti-whaling challenge

Updated 9 July 2013, 16:28 AEST

Australia's Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus is in the Netherlands to hear his country's legal challenge to Japan's whaling program.

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